Our Team

Our SIMPeds Team comes from leading industries including healthcare, biotech, engineering, education, and customer service and share an intense focus on quality and service among 5 major areas including: Operations, Education and Research, Visual Communications, Technical Simulation Delivery and Engineering.




Peter Weinstock MD, PhD

SIMPeds Director

Anesthesia Chair in Pediatric Simulation Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Weinstock received his PhD from Rockefeller University, and general and plastic surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh followed by General Pediatrics and Critical Care at the Boston Children’s Hospital. During his tenure, Dr. Weinstock has grown SIMPeds from 2 to over 90 courses with participation from 2 to now 27 BCH department and divisions.  His research interests focus on optimizing patient outcomes by inextricably linking preparedness with the delivery of the highest quality care possible to infants and children. To achieve this, he has guided SIMPeds to the development of >20 processes to achieve valuable and sustainable pediatric simulation programs to promote rapid cycle quality improvement and patient safety on both local and international levels. He has lectured and chaired meetings worldwide and has published sentinel work in innovative application and approaches to pediatric simulation. Dr. Weinstock is faculty of the Harvard Macy Program, a founding board member of the BCH Academy, and Founding President of the International Pediatric Simulation Society, currently representing Pediatric Simulation specialists from >30 countries around the globe. He has trained >1000 international instructors (>250 staff at BCH) on the nuances of simulation and debriefing applied to the pediatric and perinatal setting and actively partners to achieve rapid upstart of high quality simulation programs in busy pediatric teaching hospitals across the globe.


Catherine K. Allan MD

SIMPeds Associate Program Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program

Staff Physician in Cardiology, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Allan completed her medical degree and pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco followed by fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology and advanced fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions and an active member of The Boston Children’s Hospital Teaching Academy as well as the International Pediatric Simulation Society. With over a decade of experience in pediatric simulation, Dr. Allan has grown a career beginning with the helping found team training in cardiac intensive care to now a hospital-wide impact as SIMPeds Associate Program Director. In addition to helping oversee the program as a whole, Dr. Allan serves as clinical lead of SIMPeds Faculty and Curriculum Development programs as well as supports our SIMTest division developing SIM-based environmental safety testing throughout the Hospital.  She has extensive experience teaching Simulation Instructor Training Courses on a local, national, and international level, has served as an international invited lecturer on Simulation and Patient Safety meetings, and has lead international workshops on ECMO Simulation.



Co-Director, BCH SIMPeds3D Print Service

Director of the Advanced Image Analysis Lab at Children’s Hospital, Department of Radiology, and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Prabhu completed his radiology training in the United Kingdom in 2005 followed by fellowships in Pediatric Radiology in Melbourne, Australia and subspecialty fellowships in Pediatric Neuroradiology and Cardiac Imaging at Boston Children’s Hospital, including focus on epilepsy imaging, functional MRI, fetal neuroimaging, MR spectroscopy and pediatric cardiac imaging. Dr. Prabhu brings wide expertise in 3D modeling on multiple FDA approved commercial and open source software platforms.


Melissa Burke MS

Burke_MelissaDirector, SIMPeds Operations

Melissa brings over 25 years of operations, start up and tech transfer experience to drive SIMPeds as a high efficiency organization. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a Master of Science degree from MIT following which she worked for Westinghouse Naval Nuclear Program performing research applied to nuclear power, air craft carriers, and  submarines. A self-described start up “utility player”, Melissa has worked at multiple high-tech start up companies, helping them successfully operationalize and establish optimal product-market fit including WebCT, Sermo and Affectiva where she became an expert in emotion sensing and big data analytics.

Working closely with SIMPeds Tech, Engineering and Admin management, Melissa leads SIMPeds Operations by applying lean start-up methodologies to continuously advance SIMPeds customer focus and operational excellence. She helps guide funding efforts, business model generation and customer-discovery to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of educational and other innovations born from SIMPeds


Lauren Barrett BA

Program Manager

As a highly skilled Program Manager, Lauren supports the administrative aspects of SIMPeds including all course coordination, scheduling and logistics. She facilitates and tracks Program usage among 27 divisions and departments– within 4 SIM nodes and 3 mobile/point of care set ups—and throughout insures all courses prepare, “lift off”, “fly”, and “land” safely, effectively, and efficiently. Lauren also oversees our many SIMPeds visitors/observers, fellowships and internship programs and liases with our SIM Network partners. Areas of Expertise: Administration, Course Planning & Scheduling, Fellowships and Internships, Instructor Workshops, Network Hospital Course Planning, Research Workshop Education/Certification: Bachelor of Science in psychology, Middlebury College Contact me about: Scheduling courses, Faculty development workshops, Fellowships and Internships, Administrative questions, General Inquires about SIMPeds Phone: +1 617-355-5372 Email: Lauren.Barrett@childrens.harvard.edu


Education and Research


Christopher Roussin PhD

Roussin_Christopher[1]Director of Academics and Research

Chris holds a PhD and MA in Organization Studies from Boston College and a BS from Babson College. An award-winning teacher and educator, Dr. Roussin most recently served as senior faculty in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University School of Business, Boston. Chris has published in high impact business management and social psychology journals on a wide array of topics including psychological safety among work teams. He has also served as consultant specializing in top executive advisory services in areas of team and organizational leadership, change and development across multiple industries.

As SIMPeds Director of Academics and Research, Chris will lead and fortify the broad multidisciplinary curricular and research activities of the BCH SIM Community — representing > 27 divisions and departments. All the while, ensuring access to cutting edge curriculum development and data-driven research to produce the greatest effects of simulation-based training, preparedness, testing and rehearsal on the care and outcome of our patients.


Ashley Kellish DNP, RN, CCNS


Faculty Development Educator

Ashley Amorello Kellish is an experienced ICU nurse and healthcare educator.  She recently earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, with intentions to serve the healthcare world as a leader in education, quality and application of evidenced-based research. Ashley received her Baccalaureate in Nursing from Boston College in 2006. She began her nursing career at Georgetown University Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Following her passion to improve patient outcomes and the overall healthcare team experience, Ashley obtained her MSN in nursing at Georgetown University in 2010 and became a board certified Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Throughout her career, Ashley has employed medical simulation an integral part of preparing staff for clinical competency, crisis response, and teamwork. Ashley brings a passion for improving patient outcomes through innovative, timely and high-quality training of healthcare teams. Her enthusiasm and commitment to sound curriculum design is truly an asset to the SIMPeds team!


Katherine Jamieson, MPH

Jamieson_KatherineResearch Coordinator

As SIM Research Coordinator, Katie brings research-based experience to SIMPeds after recently receiving her Master’s of Public Health from Brown University’s School of Public Health. Katie works with SIMPeds research team members to spark, launch and coordinate research projects related to simulation. Areas of Expertise: Simulation Research Education/Certification: Master of Public Health (MPH) from Brown University Contact me about: SIMPeds past/current research projects, research inquiries Phone: 857-218-3935 Email: Katherine.Jamieson@childrens.harvard.edu


Visual Communications


 Octavio Kano-Galvan BA

KanoGalvan_OctavioSr. Interactive Designer

As the Sr. Interactive Designer, Octavio will be applying his artistry and skills in visual communication to promote the education, training, testing and engineering efforts of SIMPeds. Octavio has an in-depth knowledge of print/web media, design and marketing/branding. With over 14 years of experience, his skill set includes photography, 3D, motion graphics, illustration and art direction. He is fluent in Spanish and has a deep understanding of intercultural visual communication approaches.


Technical: SIM Engineering


Andrew Hosmer MET

Project ManaHosmer_Andrew[2]ger, SIMEngineering

Andrew earned his BS in Industrial Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh concentrated on Hollywood special effects, art mediums and mechanical design and his MA at Carnegie Melon’s Entertainment Technology Center. A gifted engineer-educator, Andrew has served as Faculty of The Art Institute, Dept of Entertainment and Industrial Design and has taught and mentored Honors Engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering. He has worked as Systems Designer for the University of Pittsburgh’s Simulation and Medical Technology Research and Development Center and with Walt Disney Imagineering’s creative and engineering departments. In his free time, he also co-founded Interbots, a company focusing on the design of social robots for therapy and entertainment.

As Project Manager of SIMPeds busy SIMEngineering Division, Andrew brings his unique blend of engineering, artistry, puppeteering, entertainment arts and sculpture to orchestrate delivery of state of the art training and surgical planning models for practitioners throughout the Boston Children’s Hospital and its affiliates.


Kaitlyn Nogueria BS

Supervisor, Simulation Technical Operations

In addition to crafting and leading our most complex simulations, Kaitlyn brings years of experience in health care device testing to lead our Tech Operations focused on maintaining high quality assurance for all technical aspects of SIMPeds — including oversight of 100s of mannequins, A/V equipment and materials, as well as all off-site productions and installations, and our diverse SIM Facilities. Kailtyn works closely with our vendors to insure the best resources are available to the SIMPeds community. Areas of Expertise: Delivering on-site and in-situ high fidelity simulation; Technical operations and quality improvement: SIM facility design & development Education/Certification: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Quality Assurance in the medical device field Phone: 617.919.3525 Email: Kaitlyn.Nogueira@childrens.harvard.edu


Katie Flynn MS

Simulation Specialist II SIMPeds3D Print/SIM Engineering

Katie brings astounding talent in moulage and art combined with formal training in Biomedical engineering to create >50 incredibly realistic trainers for SIMPeds and helps drive our SIMPeds3D Team. Katie also delivers internationally, producing complex simulation productions independent of venue — ranging from hotel ballrooms to international simulation centers. Areas of Expertise: Delivering on-site and in-situ high fidelity simulations, 3D CAD design for trainer development, 3D patient models for pre-surgical planning Education/Certification: Masters in Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Noah Schulz MS

portraitSimulation Specialist II

Noah earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Prior to joining SIMPeds, he spent several years as a research engineer at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center on a range of projects from environmental noise modeling for NASA to wayfinding device development for the visually impaired. His research has focused on high-resolution 3-dimensional diagnostic medical imaging and adaptive technology development. As a Sim Specialist II, Noah delivers complex high-fidelity simulations throughout BCH as well as maintains a busy practice within SIMPeds3D Print, ‘personalizing pediatrics’ via novel SIM skills trainers and devices to enhance preparedness and training opportunities throughout pediatric surgical and medical subspecialties. Areas of Expertise: Product and Device Development, High Fidelity Medical Simulation, Human Factors Engineering and Design, 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping, Numerical Modeling and Analysis, Acoustics  


Katie Fitzpatrick BA

Simulation Specialist I SIM-OR/Social Robotics

With expertise combining computer tech and customer service, Katie leads our busy SIM-OR Procedural Simulation Suite program, providing full on-site technical support to 8 Surgical Departments. She also works closely with the BCH IT to insure that video-based debriefing is readily available throughout the Hospital and drives the technical aspects of our social robotics program in collaboration with MIT. Areas of Expertise: Surgical Simulations, Social Robotics, delivering in situ simulation, Mac OS X and other Apple related products. Education/Certification: Received Bachelors degree in Music at the University of New Hampshire. After spending 3 years at Apple as a Creative, developed an interest in how technology can positively impact peoples lives. BCH has benefited from Katie’s troubleshooting skills, experience with audio visual equipment and Apple product knowledge as it applies to the art simulation.


Tess Forster BS

Simulation Specialist I 

Tess brings expertise in project management to deliver high quality individual and team-based simulations throughout BCH and beyond to our Network Partners and Satellites. Areas of Expertise: Delivering high fidelity on-site and in-situ simulations Education/Certification:B.S. Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, experience in healthcare project management, outreach and operations in the public sector


Reimi Yonekura MS

Reimi jpegSimulation Specialist I SIMPeds3D Print/SIM Engineering

Reimi graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineer and a Master’s Degree also in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Her research experience prior to joining SIMPeds focused on broad applications of mechanical systems — spanning renewable energy through drug delivery forming a deep interest in clinical device development. As a SIM Specialist, Reimi develops and executes highly realistic simulations throughout the hospital as well as applies her engineering experience as part of the SIMPeds3D Print Team producing rapid patient specific anatomy for preoperative simulation, preparedness and planning as well as and pediatric device prototyping. Areas of Expertise: Computer Aided Design, device development, material science, chemistry, fluid mechanics, rapid prototyping Education/Certification: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University


Duncan Smith-Freedman BS


Simulation Specialist I

Prior to becoming a a full-time SIMPeds team-member, Duncan worked as a summer intern in the Simulator Program, where he specialized in simulation delivery, and helped to launch the Huggable project. Duncan has since earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UMass Amherst, gaining experience through the Biomedical Engineering Lab in circuit and electrical system design, 3D printing, PCB manufacturing and device programming. Now back with the SIMPeds program, Duncan specializes in the delivery of simulation, simulation engineering and the production of 3D printed models of patient anatomy used in surgical pre-planning. Areas of Expertise: In-house and Network Simulation, Electrical System Design and Fabrication, 3D Design and Manufacturing. Education/Certification: BS in Electrical Engineering from UMass Amherst




Jeff Burns, MD, MPH

Co-Executive Director, SIMPeds Chief of Critical Care and Chair of the ICU Governance Committee Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School Program Director, OPENPediatrics

Dr. Jeff Burns completed postgraduate training in Pediatrics in 1991, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in 1994, both at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is board certified in both from the American Board of Pediatrics. He also holds a Masters Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Burns was appointed as the first Shapiro Chair of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2005. He is on the Subboard for Pediatric Critical Care at the American Board of Pediatrics, Committee for Admissions at Harvard Medical School and is Co-Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burns’ academic work over the past two decades has focused on innovations in postgraduate medical education. He founded the Children’s Hospital Simulator Program in 2000 and the OPENPediatrics program in 2009, which he currently directs.


Patricia Hickey, Ph.D, RN, FAAN

Patricia Hickey, Ph.D, RN, FAANCo-Executive Director, SIMPeds Vice President Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services Program Director for Nursing Practice, OPENPediatrics

Dr. Patricia Hickey is Vice President of Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Her program of nursing administration research is focused on the linkages among nursing work environment characteristics and risk adjusted pediatric outcomes. Her policy work has been influential at the state level with the development of an interdisciplinary model for legislative action in Massachusetts. Nationally, she is a member of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Magnet Advancement and the American College of Cardiology’s Pediatric Quality Metric Steering Committee. Internationally, she serves on the executive committee of the International Quality Improvement Collaborative for Reducing Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Mortality in the Developing World and she is a senior nurse consultant for Project HOPE at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.  She is assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and holds faculty positions in nursing at Northeastern University, Boston College, and Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.